There's a lot going on this week. The biggest thing is spring break. Then there's St. Patrick's Day. On top of all that, you could score a big pay day when you donate blood in Amarillo.

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Spring Break Is A Tough Time For Blood Donations

According to a press release from Coffee Memorial Blood Center, this week and the next several weeks will be tough on the blood supply for local hospitals. Why? People are on vacation. They get out of their usual routines, and that includes giving blood.

To help offset the trials presented by spring break and the following weeks, Coffee Memorial Blood Center got creative.

Make Your Own Luck And Go For The Pot Of Gold

Starting today (3/14) and going through Thursday (3/17), successful donors at any mobile blood drive or donor center location will be entered to win a daily prize of $1,000 in Visa gift cards.

Yes. You read that right. They said daily.

A potential thousand bucks for donating blood isn't bad at all. Especially considering it typically takes about an hour. That's a pretty good hourly rate, if you ask me.

Also, donors get a free t-shirt, guest pass from Western Bowl good for one free game of bowling, and one free admission to the OKC Zoo. If you haven't been to the OKC Zoo, it's worth the trip.

How To Give Blood This Week In Amarillo

You have some options. First, you can make an appointment at yourbloodinstitute.org. You can also make an appointment by calling 806-331-8833.

You do need to be at least 16 years of age with parent's permission, and weigh at least 125lbs. If you're 17, you just need to be at least 125lbs. If you're 18 and older, you just need to weigh at least 110lbs to donate.

You'll also need a photo ID.

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